Growing Lung Nodule Questions

Posted by Denise @azmn, Sep 4 1:18pm

Hello, my name is Denise and I am a recurrent metastatic ovarian cancer survivor. Before going on maintenance therapy, I had a chest CT and they found a nodule.

We decided it was best to wait and rescan in 3 months. Over the past 9 months, the nodule keeps growing.

I have had 2 biopsies and both were inconclusive. I have been told it's not cancerous and that's a load off my mind because I lost my dad to metastatic lung cancer.

I have had 90 days of fluconazole and it didn't make any difference at all. I am thinking the nodule is small in size (17mm x 12mm).

Long story short, because it's growing, they want to remove it. I am thinking a PET would be more appropriate to see if there's any uptake.

What do you think I should do?

Much gratitude
Denise

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Welcome @azmn, while your nodule is small, I understand that your doctors are concerned because it is growing. Providers are generally more worried about larger lung nodules and those that grow over time.

Lung nodules are often a topic of discussion in the Lung Health group. I'd like to invite @merpreb @trip03 @felix536 into this discussion to share their thoughts and experiences with lung nodules.

Denise, I'm a bit confused about the timeline of your message. Are you currently waiting for 3 months for the next scan? Or are they suggesting it's time for surgery because it is growing?

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How do I get to the Lung Health group – I can’t find it. Thanks,
Mary S

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@marys1956

How do I get to the Lung Health group – I can’t find it. Thanks,
Mary S

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Mary, your can find all the groups by clicking "Groups" at the top of any page. This will take you to the listing in alphabetical order of every group.

Here is the link directly to the Lung Health group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/lung-conditions/

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@colleenyoung

Welcome @azmn, while your nodule is small, I understand that your doctors are concerned because it is growing. Providers are generally more worried about larger lung nodules and those that grow over time.

Lung nodules are often a topic of discussion in the Lung Health group. I'd like to invite @merpreb @trip03 @felix536 into this discussion to share their thoughts and experiences with lung nodules.

Denise, I'm a bit confused about the timeline of your message. Are you currently waiting for 3 months for the next scan? Or are they suggesting it's time for surgery because it is growing?

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I just had a scan ( 5 scans total and each time it’s growing) and I see the doctor this Wednesday.

I am not sure why I was told it was not cancer. However if the Fluconazole didn’t stop the growing, I would have it removed? If it’s not cancer why just repeat scans? Why perform such an invasive surgery?

🙏🏻
Denise Swensen

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Denise- Hi. It is nice to meet you. I also question why they haven't suggested a PET scan. I just had one and it showed a quicker growth pattern than what showed up in my CT. If you want one, ask for one. Also, have you asked them why they haven't run one before surgery?

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@azmn

I just had a scan ( 5 scans total and each time it’s growing) and I see the doctor this Wednesday.

I am not sure why I was told it was not cancer. However if the Fluconazole didn’t stop the growing, I would have it removed? If it’s not cancer why just repeat scans? Why perform such an invasive surgery?

🙏🏻
Denise Swensen

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Denise- I would think that because it's growing it poses a danger that it could turn into cancer, or something else. I don't blame you for feeling scared and confused. I'd still go for the PET scan if your insurance will cover it. I say this because insurance companies have certain criteria for scans.

Multiple scans are done to trace the growth pattern of this lesion. And since you have had cancer before they are keeping a close eye on you. I applaud this. Try not to be afraid of the CT scans. I've had scans for the past 25 years. There isn't a danger with such a low dose of radiation of getting cancer from it. I started my scans when they were in very high doses.

Merry

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@merpreb

Denise- Hi. It is nice to meet you. I also question why they haven't suggested a PET scan. I just had one and it showed a quicker growth pattern than what showed up in my CT. If you want one, ask for one. Also, have you asked them why they haven't run one before surgery?

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Thank you so very much Merry for your response. 🙏🏻

Thanks for sharing your experience with me. I’ll ask for a PET at my appointment Wednesday.

Denise

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